West Virginia University students in the energy land management program will be given an additional opportunity to thrive, th anks to the establishment of a scholarship fund that will honor the memory of WVU alumna and long-time oil and gas attorney Mary Sue Schulberg.
Schulberg was a two-time graduate of WVU, receiving degrees from the College of Business & Economics and the College of Law. She had a long and distinguished career in oil and gas law practicing as a title attorney. She worked for many years with Columbia Natural Resources and NiSource before her passing in 2008.
The Mary Sue Schulberg Scholarship, set up by The Mary Sue Schulberg Family Trust, will provide financial support for ELM students to encourage their studies and professional development.
Arnold Schulberg, widower to Mary Sue and private practice attorney, became interested in supporting the program through his participation with the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and its support for ELM students.
As Trustee of the Family Trust, Arnold Schulberg wanted to do something for ELM students that would help them grow and develop necessary skills not always taught in the classroom, such as networking.
“Education is not just in the classroom, it can be meeting people in the industry," he said. “Sometimes, it is not what you know, but who you know. Make as many contacts as possible and attend as many educational seminars for networking and knowledge as you can.”
The gift creates an endowed fund, giving the WVU ELM program a permanent resource to benefit its students. Shawn Grushecky, ELM program coordinator and assistant professor, believes the scholarship is a great investment in the program and its students.
“Mr. Schulberg’s generous gift will help our ELM students continue to thrive and grow,” Gruschecky said. “We are extremely thankful for this opportunity and what it will do for the ELM program.”
For more information on how to support WVU’s ELM program and other WVU Davis College programs, contact Andrew S. Barnes.